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Lou Thesz 16 27.59%
Bruno Sammartino 14 24.14%
Bob Backlund 2 3.45%
Gorgeous George 7 12.07%
Buddy Rogers 4 6.90%
Verne Gagne 1 1.72%
Antonino Rocca 1 1.72%
Freddy Blassie 0 0%
Billy Graham 0 0%
Ray Stevens 0 0%
Bobo Brazil 0 0%
Harley Race 5 8.62%
Pat O Connor 0 0%
Killer Kowalski 1 1.72%
Mil Mascaras 0 0%
Jerry Lawler 1 1.72%
Jesse Ventura 1 1.72%
Andre the Giant 3 5.17%
Midred Burke 1 1.72%
any others please mention 1 1.72%
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post #41 of 61 (permalink) Old 09-08-2012, 02:02 AM
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Wow this suprises me. There are so many guys I would put ahead of Bruno, but I bow before Ross.
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Re: Greatest wrestler before Golden Age?

Bruno was a tremendous draw for the WWF in Madison Square Garden and in the Northeastern part of the Unites States which was a great feat but I certainly wouldn't put him up there with the greatest workers of his era, before his era, or after. I have not seen as much from them as I would like to but Lou Thesz was a greater worker than Bruno by a fair margin. Bruno was the perfect "New York" babyface champion for McMahon and he should be respected as such, but look at the legacy Thesz left on the industry in his runs as NWA World Heavyweight Champion representing the entire National Wrestling Alliance traveling the country and internationally defending the title. People talk about there once was a time when "the NWA and the World Heavyweight Championship was the most prestigious title in wrestling," Lou Thesz was huge factor in building that prestige.

If we want to continue to talk about influence on the pro wrestling industry in the United States, which this poll seems to be based around then let's talk about Gorgeous George. Let's talk about how he was THE professional wrestling attraction during the mainstream breakthrough of television. Gorgeous George, a man who was probably 30 years ahead of his time, largely focused on the details of his wrestling persona. The hair, the robes, the elaborate entrances (cited by many as the first wrestler to use entrance music), and all the antics he would perform during his matches. George was arguably the first wrestling superstar and reportedly was once the highest paid athlete in the world. I have read stories about thousands of people paying to see him get beat. He wasn't the most hated heel ever but people literally bought into his performances because he was so entertaining with his act.


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1.I lived in US for 2 years.Plus WWE started airing in India in late 2001 for your info

2.U knew about the greatness of Flair when you were 6 years old?

3.Dont quote DVDs.Give links

4.I showed the link where Goldberg called Austin greater.
If you can show the tweet where Hogan called Rock greatest,then you can Bitch all you want
1. TEN Sports didnt come to India in late 2001, son

2. Yes

3. Whatcha gonna do about it, huh? Not my fault that you didnt watch DVDs or Off the record shoots and decided to faithfully agree with what you read online

4. Go to Hogan's & Angle's twitters and find it yourself. They didn't retweet back my imaginary fraand, like in your case, nor am i jobless enough to waste time like that. I posted Meltzer's list of Greatest draws, which was fact based, while you quoted Goldberg's tweet which was opinion based. That's why i gave examples of tweets by Hogan & Angle


And yeah, Learn to spell Lou Thesz
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Re: Greatest wrestler before Golden Age?

Bruno Sammartino,Handsome Harley Race,Terry and Dory Jr. Funk,Bob Backlund,Antonio Inoki,Lou Thesz,Gene Kiniski,Greg The Hammer Valentine and Nick Bockwinkel are some of my favourites.

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Re: Greatest wrestler before Golden Age?

Lou Thesz.
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1. TEN Sports didnt come to India in late 2001, son

2. Yes

3. Whatcha gonna do about it, huh? Not my fault that you didnt watch DVDs or Off the record shoots and decided to faithfully agree with what you read online

4. Go to Hogan's & Angle's twitters and find it yourself. They didn't retweet back my imaginary fraand, like in your case, nor am i jobless enough to waste time like that. I posted Meltzer's list of Greatest draws, which was fact based, while you quoted Goldberg's tweet which was opinion based. That's why i gave examples of tweets by Hogan & Angle


And yeah, Learn to spell Lou Thesz
1.U know more abt my country than me ?


2.U knew abt Ric Flair's greatness when you were 6 years????

nmadankumar was right-U are delusional
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1.U know more abt my country than me ?


2.U knew abt Ric Flair's greatness when you were 6 years????

nmadankumar was right-U are delusional
1. Obviously son, I am from India. And i know about it more than you

2. it doesn't matter what nmadankumari or some other lame ass fakie said. It doesnt take an Einstein to fathom the greatness of Ric Flair. I had seen Flair on Nitro, on old WWF videos (my cable operator used to play Royal Rumble 1992 all the time) and even those WWE trump cards.

Besides not everyone is born slow like you. As a 6 year old, i was already cheering heels and was able to make my own choices about whom to cheer irrespective of who was face or a heel
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Re: Greatest wrestler before Golden Age?

I would say Lou Thesz. He helped merge all world titles into one to create the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. At the time the most prestigious belt. He also held the title 3,749 days combined.
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Re: Greatest wrestler before Golden Age?

Lou Thesz
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[B]1. TEN Sports didnt come to India in late 2001, son
It surely came when I was studying seventh grade

So it should have come around late 2001 or early 2002.
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